L.A. Noire is the big new video game release from Rockstar Games, and it has a big slice of Australian input, being a product of the Team Bondi studio.
The game is set in post-World War 2 Los Angeles, and is centered around the character of Cole Phelps, fresh out of his medalled war uniform and into the guise of an LAPD detective. Cole finds himself dealing with fallen Hollywood angels, hard-bitten criminals, immoral and rapacious police colleagues and more.
Some of the scenarios in the game are based on real-life crimes, and the sometimes violent crimes players encounter include murder, arson, corruption and racketeering. All of the crime is part of an arc of events that leads Cole to uncover a dark secret with city-wide implications.
“Team Bondi worked hard to stay true to the noir genre,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “L.A. Noire blends realistic performances with gritty action and real detective work, throwing players headfirst into the dark heart of Los Angeles.”
Team Bondi also sought to heighten the realism of the characters, and used the new MotionScan technology to make the facial expressions as lifelike as is currently possible.
Be warned, there is a high degree of violence in L.A. Noire, so it’s probably not a game you want to give to the under-18s or so.
L.A. Noire – formats and prices
L.A. Noire is available for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 games and entertainment consoles, and sells for $99.95 RRP.